Thursday, Jun 30, 2022, 16:50 Mac: Hardware

Report: Start Of Sales For MacBook Air M2 Next Week – Delivery Shortly After

At the WWDC not only a few weeks ago, Apple debuted two new Macs – one of which has already been purchasable since the middle of June, with delivery beginning on the 24th of June. That being said, the MacBook Pro 13" with M2 was a far less exciting contender for attention during the presentation and the device itself was on the receiving end of a great deal of criticism from the public as a whole due to its outdated concept. The MacBook Air with M2 was, by far, considered the much more exciting focus of the show – coming with not only a faster processor like the new MacBook Pro 13", but also countless improvements to other areas, unlike its Pro counterpart.

MacBook Air M2 Release
The general consensus indicated by retail employees so far would mean that Apple plans to begin sales of The MacBook Air M2 as early as next week (07/08). As usual, this would mean deliveries would follow during the next week, on the 15th of July to be exact. The official statement from Apple is currently still only "available in July". One thing, however, is almost certain: Unlike with the MacBook Pro M2, delivery times for the MacBook Air M2 should be much longer as many excited customers compete for the first place in line.

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Prices From US$1,199 To US$1,499
The MacBook Air costs at least US$1,199 for the base model with a 256 GB SSD. In the EU, the price starts at €1,499 for the same entry model. There's some concern that all of the 256 GB models will actually come with reduced overall performance in comparison to the previous M1 models, per benchmarks of the 256 GB model of the new MacBook Pro. The drive used isn't the same as last generation's. However, since Apple has yet to clarify the issue, we'll have to wait on the first benchmarks to know for real. There are four housing colors available and they are midnight, starlight, space gray, or silver. The maximum configuration consists of 24 GB RAM and a 2 TB SSD, costing US$2,499.

New Design, More Connections, Better Webcam
In comparison to the previous MacBook Air, the newer device is slightly thinner. The display is slightly larger (13.6" vs. 13.3"), however, there is a notch in the device's display which does diminish some of the returns of the larger display size. Apple has built in four speakers, three microphones, two Thunderbolt connections, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a MagSafe plug. The webcam's resolution has been increased from 720p to 1080p. In wireless networks, the MacBook Air M2 uses the 802.11ax WiFi 6 standard, but is of course compatible with the 11a/b/g/n/ac standard as well.

MacBook Air M2 vs. MacBook Pro M2
In almost all discussions concerning the new MacBook Air vs. the MacBook Pro, the conclusion is almost always that the non-Pro device is the significantly better choice. Although the smaller notebook is somewhat disadvantaged in comparison when it comes to run time (17 hours vs. 20) and although the notebook is somewhat throttled after running for extended periods under heavy load – it's still the superior device in almost every other regard. We detailed this in a previous article detailing the differences between the two devices.

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